CLEAN SWEEP: Phill Mantell is looking forward to the monthly markets to be held at the Masonic Hall in Ipswich.
CLEAN SWEEP: Phill Mantell is looking forward to the monthly markets to be held at the Masonic Hall in Ipswich. Rob Williams

Bargains galore lined up for markets

THE organisers of regular multicultural musical entertainment in Ipswich are looking to expand their repertoire to include a monthly market day.

Pat and Hedy Keogh, of Ipswich Multicultural Projects, have gathered about 10 stallholders for the first of what they hope will be established as a regular market event outside the Masonic Lodge on the corner of Roderick and Nicholas Sts.

Mrs Keogh said there was already a wide range of goodies on their way to the first market, on Saturday, September 14.

"We've got candles, soap, flowers, native plants, massages, fruit and vegetables, fudge, chocolates, clothing, vintage, home decor and cakes - the variety of stalls is shaping up to make an enjoyable Saturday morning out in Ipswich," she said.

In typical IMP fashion, the markets will feature a maypole so that the many visitors can enjoy the delights of maypole dancing.

Ipswich small business owner Phill Mantell, who will be showing off his soaps at the weekend, said the Roderick Street Markets provided another platform for local artisans, hobbyists, not-for-profit organisations and small businesses to showcase and sell their wares.

After this weekend, the markets are planned for the first Saturday in October and the second Saturday in November and December.

This Saturday's markets run from 8.30am-12.30pm.

To become a stallholder at the markets, phone Hedy Keogh on 0414 703 842.



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